Health Care

UI researchers find simple life forms communicate benefits of calorie restriction

Yeast cells extend lifespan, share benefits with other yeast cells
In a new study, scientists uncovered evidence that baker’s yeast cells not only extend their own lifespan in response to caloric restriction but also communicate with other cells to share the benefit of caloric restriction.

New cells may help treat diabetes

UI group creates insulin-producing cells that normalize blood-sugar levels in diabetic mice
Starting from human skin cells, researchers at the University of Iowa have created human insulin-producing cells that respond to glucose and correct blood-sugar levels in diabetic mice. The findings may represent a first step toward developing patient-specific cell replacement therapy for type 1 diabetes.

Satellites can improve regional air quality forecasting

New data may offer resolution five times better than present data
University of Iowa researchers have found that data gathered from geostationary satellites—satellites commonly used for telecommunications and orbiting about 22,000 miles above the equator—can greatly improve air quality forecasting. Results appear in the journal "Geophysical Research Letters."
A poster depicts screening of "The Lion's Mouth Opens" documentary

UI Carver College of Medicine website Free Jan. 29 'The Lion's Mouth Opens' Huntington disease documentary screening

The public is invited to a free screening of "The Lion's Mouth Opens," a documentary about a woman who bravely faces a daunting life-defining moment as finds out about her genetic testing results for Huntington disease (HD), Thursday, Jan. 29, with the doors opening at 6:30 p.m and the screening beginning at 7 p.m., at the John Pappajohn Business Building, Room W10 (Buchanan Auditorium). The film is made possible by the UI Huntington's Disease Society of America (HDSA) Center of Excellence and the HDSA Iowa Chapter. 


The Student Experience: Sraavya Undurty

Biomedical engineering student was quick to impress in research labs
Sraavya Undurty, a University of Iowa senior and biomedical engineering major from West Des Moines, has worked in two faculty research laboratories, helped teach an engineering class to her peers, and volunteers at UI Hospitals and Clinics, just to name a few of her many accomplishments and activities.
Billy Albritton of East Peoria, Ill., enjoys golf

Health at Iowa Ankle implant enriches grandfather's life

An implant developed at the University of Iowa offers a better option for patients with ankle problems such as 69-year-old grandfather Billy Albritton of East Peoria, Illinois. Albritton shares how since his ankle replacement surgery at UI Hospitals and Clinics in April 2013, he's back to the active lifestyle he once enjoyed.

Nurse drawing blood from a pregnant woman

UI Women's Health Tissue Repository helps to advance women's health research worldwide

Samples are available to researchers in just minutes
The repository is made up of four women’s health tissue banks: Well Woman Tissue Bank, Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility Tissue Bank, Maternal Fetal Tissue Bank, and the Gynecologic Malignancies Tissue Bank. Samples are donated from women who are already patients at UI Women's Health Center.

UI researchers study rural access to health care specialties

An ongoing series of studies by University of Iowa researchers shows that access to a variety of specialty health care fields are more accessible than thought in rural Iowa—including oncology, urology, and now otolaryngology—but that access could be threatened depending on how health care reforms are implemented.